Phrasal Verbs: Lesson 1
This is lesson one of our phrasal verbs in context series. Below there is a conversation, an explanation of each phrasal verb, and then a small exercise.
(On the phone)
Holly: Hey Sarah!
Sarah: Hey Holly, how are you?
Holly: I’m doing well. What are your plans for tonight, are you going out?
Sarah: Yeah. Actually, a guy from work asked me out, so we’re going to have dinner somewhere downtown!
Holly: Oh fantastic. Who is he?
Sarah: Just a guy from accounts. He seems really nice and we’ve been talking a lot recently.
Holly: Great! Are you free on Sunday? Maybe I could drop by sometime in the afternoon?
Sarah: Sure, I’ll be home all day, come when you want.
Holly: Perfect. Have fun tonight.
Sarah: Thanks. See you Sunday.
To go out means to go to a social event. This can be very casual or formal. Here are some examples:
- I want to go out tonight; what are your plans?
- We went out for dinner and then for a few drinks.
- How many times do you go out per week?
Note: The opposite of going out is to stay in. A very common question suggestion is:
- Do you want to go out or stay in tonight?
- We just stayed in last night.
- I usually stay in on Fridays.
To go out with someone means to be in a relationship with someone (informal). Here are some examples:
- How long have you been going out with her?
- They’ve been going out for 6 months.
The definition of ask someone out is to invite someone on a date.
- Do you think I should ask out Pam?
- I’ve asked out three girls this month and they have all said no!
- He gets nervous when he asks someone out.
To drop by (or drop in/over) means to go somewhere without a fixed time or appointment. It is used both in an informal way between friends and also in some business situations.
- Can I drop by sometime this weekend to pick up my things?
- Rick dropped by on Sunday, it was great to see him.
- (Receptionist at the eye doctors) Just drop in anytime, we’ve got quite a lot of availability.
Complete the sentences using the following phrasal verbs: go out, stay in, ask out, drop by (only some are used twice).
1. Can I ________ tomorrow? I need to give you back your DVD.
2. They have been _________ for 2 years now. They’re definitely going to get married!
3. We just _________ last night and watched TV.
4. My friend _________ yesterday to say hello.
5. Are you going to ____ her _______?
6. Let’s _________ somewhere new tonight.
7. Paul ________ Jessica.
1. drop by
2. going out
3. stayed in
4. dropped by
5. ask / out
6. go out
7. asked out
At the weekend, do you prefer to go out or stay in?
What’s some good advice when asking someone out?